Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, begins two Fridays before Ash Wednesday and the celebration lasts a week and a half. In New Orleans, that means celebrating big with parades and festivals that begin on January 6, the Epiphany. New Orleans Krewes, which are local organizations, hold parades almost daily and nightly throughout the city. Le Pavillon is a hotel close to New Orleans Mardi Gras events, particularly those in the Garden District. Enjoy an upclose view of the parades as they stroll down St. Charles, just steps from Le Pavillon. La Pavillon is also conveniently located near the French Quarter, which is known for its over-the-top antics particularly during this holiday.
Parade viewing is FREE.
Parades are held on Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday," and that date changes, depending on the date of Easter Sunday.
Krewe Du Vieux
Phunny Phorty Fellows
Krewe of Joan of Arc
Dining on parade routes
Catching "throws" or beads
Is Mardi Gras appropriate for children?
Absolutely. The Garden District is a particularly family-friendly place to bring a picnic and watch the parade krewes. You'll want to avoid the French Quarter, which gets even more wild than usual during Mardi Gras. Family Gras in the suburb of Metaire is also a great kid-friendly option. Be sure to bring a bag for all the "throws" your child will collect from the parade crowd. Items might include stuffed animals, toys and beads of course!
When is the best time to visit during Mardi Gras?
The Carnival season begins on Epiphany, which is January 6. Parades take place throughout the days and weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, which is always on a Tuesday. It's a great day to experience the festivities as well as the weekend before, when two exciting parades take place, Bacchus and Endymion. The day before Mardi Gras is Lundi Gras - on Monday of course - and 2 parades, Zulu Lundi Gras and Orpheus, take place.